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Old 01-04-2016, 03:24 PM
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I was wondering if it would be legal for me to go into the lake, sound, or ocean, and fire off some guns. I understand that a rifle or pistol is probably a bad idea to shoot because it would bounce off the water, but I am wondering about shooting some clay pigeons. There are plenty of duck blinds in Bogue sound, and I'm assuming they aren't just throwing rocks at the birds, so shooting in the sound must be legal.

I'd prefer to do this on a calm day in the off season without much traffic, so the risk of an accident is minimal. I am a bit wary about handling a loaded gun in ocean swell, so flat inland waters would be better. I am just wondering about the legality of this.

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A mechanical clay thrower bolted to a rod-holder cutting board will chunk a pogy (or handful thereof) quite nicely.

Or, so I have heard...


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Some of the clays are possibly not good for all life forms.
Long ago they said on box not to let some animals eat the clays/remains.

Lead is not something that duck hunters are allowed to use in the habitat because of ducks or other wild life ingesting the lead and poisoning them.

That being said i do not think there is a law against shooting out there, but I do not know where you are at.
you need to check with the local laws.
Check with local fish and wildlife
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Used to do it all the time

Marsh Hen in inshore waters...flying fish offshore

Clays are legit, too
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Yup should use steel shot on the water.
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Yup should use steel shot on the water.
Why?
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Originally Posted by Snapper Head View Post
A mechanical clay thrower bolted to a rod-holder cutting board will chunk a pogy (or handful thereof) quite nicely.

Or, so I have heard...


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Screw poggies around here we use pit bull puppies and sometimes kittens (if the pit bulls haven't killed them already).
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Why?
For the same reasons you use steel weights and jig heads.
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Originally Posted by Snapper Head View Post
A mechanical clay thrower bolted to a rod-holder cutting board will chunk a pogy (or handful thereof) quite nicely.

Or, so I have heard...


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For the same reasons you use steel weights and jig heads.
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Why?
Lead shot over inland waters is a no-no. Banned at the Federal level in early 90's.
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
Why?
Most of the time you have to legally, lead shot is prohibited on most bodies of water.
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Originally Posted by BostonWhalerSeaHunt View Post
I was wondering if it would be legal for me to go into the lake, sound, or ocean, and fire off some guns. I understand that a rifle or pistol is probably a bad idea to shoot because it would bounce off the water, but I am wondering about shooting some clay pigeons. There are plenty of duck blinds in Bogue sound, and I'm assuming they aren't just throwing rocks at the birds, so shooting in the sound must be legal.

I'd prefer to do this on a calm day in the off season without much traffic, so the risk of an accident is minimal. I am a bit wary about handling a loaded gun in ocean swell, so flat inland waters would be better. I am just wondering about the legality of this.
Says you're in NC so King and Clapper Rails are legal and fun to shoot inside with a 15 daily bag limit. The season is: 9.1-10.3 & 10.23-11.28. Standard 12/20 gauge w/No.8 bird shot will work.
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Hand thrower and biodegradable clays.

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Lead shot over inland waters is a no-no. Banned at the Federal level in early 90's.
Only if waterfowl is present. You can shoot doves over water with lead all day long.
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Never heard that you couldn't shoot lead over water. How much lead are we dragging when fishing?

Definitely true you can't hunt migratory birds with lead. You need non-toxic shot.
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Never heard that you couldn't shoot lead over water. How much lead are we dragging when fishing?
Comm nets and cast nets are loaded with lead also.
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Steel or "non lead" shot is required for waterfowl only except where otherwise noted in the regulations for a particular location.
The regs for dove hunting at Frog Pond adjacent to the Everglades National Park is one place steel has been required for doves.
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Originally Posted by dell30rb View Post
Never heard that you couldn't shoot lead over water. How much lead are we dragging when fishing?

Definitely true you can't hunt migratory birds with lead. You need non-toxic shot.
Your not leaving your lead behind. The issue was/is the waterfowl ingests lead pellets. Not weights
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Lead shot over inland waters is a no-no. Banned at the Federal level in early 90's.
Wasn't in the 80's?
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